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October 20, 2011

Caricatures for Children

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 9:34 am

Kids’ caricatures are pretty tricky to make… Parents have a very subjective view of what makes their little boy or girl unique, and they are also very protective of the particular aspects, features, etc which make the child recognisable. On the other hand, children often don’t have that many obvious distinctive features out of which caricatures can be made. With their angelic little faces, what is there to exaggerate?

The answer is not to exaggerate anything, apart from emphasising that cute, big-eyed and big-forehead character that has been a staple for infant and child representation in painting and cartooning. But you can’t go generic when you draw caricatures. You can’t afford to just churn out a carbon copy little cherub every time someone wants a cartoon of their baby.

It’s a very delicate operation: First, to make the caricatures specific enough, context is key. Do they have a favourite place, a favourite toy, favourite clothes? Anything that is instantly recognisable to the customer, and to the child herself! Then, you have to identify the most infinitesimal defining features and render them ever so subtly, so as not to upset that cheruby look that parents will be looking for in their caricature.

A couple of times, admittedly, we haven’t got our kids caricatures right the very first time. Parents have come back to us with details we hadn’t even spotted, or to say that the draft is simply too generic, it’s too safe… Fortunately, that’s what our draft check phase is for. To make sure our customers always get the caricatures they want, whether they’re of kids or grown-ups.

August 15, 2011

Family Caricatures For A Going Away Gift

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 10:11 am

Do you know someone who is moving away? Perhaps someone you know is emigrating or is going to serve in the Army. Or maybe a friend or relative is going away to college. Why not send them off with funny family caricatures as a going away gift?

Caricature portraits are a great keepsake, and a wonderful way for someone to remember his or her loved ones back home. Choose some funny family photos or even some more formal shots to create great cartoons and caricatures that your loved one will treasure all the time they are away from home.

If you need ideas, why not send us a few different photos and ask us for some input? Or, browse our portfolio to see some of the caricature cartoons we’ve done for people in the past. Our professional, high quality drawings will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

And because we base our caricature on photos that you provide, you’ll never see another piece of art like it. Your gift will be truly unique, and something to be treasured.

When you’re ready to order, just click the “Order Your Cartoon” tab on the top right hand site of the web site. Then all you need to do is give us a few ideas for the caricatures you want, fill in the contact information, and attach up to four personal photos for us to review.

Why not get started today on the perfect gift to bring a smile to the face of someone you love?

July 5, 2011

Family caricatures help to preserve moments for posterity

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 2:48 pm

Raising a family is not always easy, as you will know if you have one yourself. However, it can be one of the most rewarding things people can do in their lives and is therefore something that should be marked.

The incredible thing is how quickly times change. Youngsters seem to transform from babies to children, to adolescents and then fully-fledged adults within the blink of an eye. It is therefore vital to preserve each stage for posterity.

This is where family caricatures come into their own. Not only are they a great way of marking points in time and reflecting events that have happened, they also encapsulate something of the personalities of those included. Meanwhile, they look great hanging on walls and often get plenty of positive attention from guests.

Also, there is another advantage of having caricature portraits of your family. Because the end results are humorous, they provide a great opportunity to bond with your loved ones. Laughing together is one of the best ways to strengthen your relationships.

The great news is, getting caricature cartoons has never been easier. For example, you can use our website here at Charlie’s Cartoons. All you have to do is send us a few pictures and some details of the individuals in the snaps, or information about an experience you want to be reflected.

Regardless of the type of group caricatures you are seeking, we should be able to help and, because you get to edit or add to our ideas part way through the process, you are bound to be more than happy with the results.

April 21, 2011

Celebrate your family holiday with personalised caricatures

The family holiday. It is a long standing tradition that many people still manage to uphold, despite the chaotic and busy nature of modern life. After all, such occasions represent one of the few chances for people to get together and spend some quality time with one another.

Often, plenty of photographs are taken of these events. Indeed, whole albums might be filled with shots of dad looking sunburned, children splashing around in the pool and mum desperately trying to get some rest and relaxation.

However, often these all-important snaps are put away in drawers only to be taken out every once in a while. Indeed, these days the images are sometimes not printed out at all but rather uploaded to albums on computers instead.

If you are keen to break the trend and create a proper memory from your trip, you might want to consider caricature cartoons. These fantastic creations are able to encapsulate many elements of your break all in one picture. The details of the composition are up to you and they depend on the photos and information you supply us with.

By having family caricatures of you all on holiday, you are ensuring the most important memories from your adventure are not forgotten. Indeed, when mounted and framed, these personalised caricatures make great features in living rooms and other places in your home.

We all know that children grow up far too fast and having caricature pictures of them on holiday is one way of immortalising particular stages of their development, and of keeping a record of the activities you did together.

January 15, 2011

Fabulous family caricatures

Personalised caricatures make great gifts for families and one of the most enjoyable aspects of Charlie’s work is hearing about remarkable family stories and condensing and converting them into brilliant bespoke compositions.  Caricatures amaze and delight families as they capture special moments in time, and the particular tastes and events of each family member at these moments. Furthermore, family caricatures can cleverly reference the family relationships and dynamic interactions between each member which bond the family in love, affection, and even, at times, frustration and bewilderment.

Many families choose to invest in expensive professional photographs, but the results are often mundane and underwhelming. Family caricatures are dynamic and vibrant and capture the truth of a moment in a family’s life in a way which is impossible through any other artistic medium. These gifts can be perfect for children who are about to leave home for university or to embark on independent life through a particular profession, or conversely, can be given by kids flying the nest to their parents as a thank you for their many years of love and support.

Alternatively, caricature pictures can be used to mark milestones such as graduations, anniversaries, relocations to other areas, family business achievements or reunions.

They can be premium presents for family members who have emigrated, and will bring moments of daily joy to homes across the globe. can capture your family’s story in an amazingly accurate manner, every brushstroke lovingly placed to reflect years of combined history.

October 25, 2010

Caricatures: The Fun Family Portrait

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 2:48 pm

Family portraits are a long honoured tradition that many individuals can expect to take part in from their infancy all the way through their elder years when they have a family of their own. Following this trend, it’s not hard to imagine that after a while, these portraits can begin to look similar – the same format, the same poses, and the same grins plastered across everyone’s faces while they wait for the obligatory picture to be taken. Why not try something new, something fun for everyone that will be sure to stand out from every other portrait you’ve ever done: a caricature portrait.

These personalised caricature portraits provide a unique and humorous approach to the staid portrait format, and are great for group caricatures, as well as individual pictures. The design and artistry relies on a provided photo of the individuals involved, which makes a great surprise for families who are spread out and have limited time to get together for group photos. With this approach, there are two ways you can go about having a family caricature done. The first is to take a group photo, or use an existing photo for everyone involved and have it sent to the artist, the second is a slightly different tactic, using individual photos of everyone in the family and asking the artist to incorporate these into a stylised family caricature.

However you decide to do it, group caricatures can offer a unique and wonderful alternative to the traditional family portrait.

June 19, 2010

Mark that Special Occasion

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 1:02 pm

Cartoon caricatures are a fabulous way to mark any occasion – or even just as a spontaneous gift – as they, unlike most other presents, are uniquely personalised. With this in mind, caricatures are perfect for a whole gamut of chronological landmarks such as:


As caricatures are essentially portraits, they are a fantastic way to mark a special occasion such as a birthday – where you might want to create an item that will serve as a lasting reminder for a mother and new baby, for example. Of course, the thing that makes caricatures stand head and shoulders above traditional photographs or portraits is the fact they are hilarious cartoons!

Family Caricatures

On a similar note, to accompany that serious family portrait you have taken once in a while, family caricatures are a great way to celebrate your families unique sense of humour – and to create memories that not only last a lifetime, but also raise a few smiles!

A Genuine Surprise!

As caricatures are completely unique they are absolutely ideal as surprise gifts – what could be more surprising unwrapping that wedding gift to find wedding caricatures! The uniqueness of caricatures makes them a truly bespoke gift – that doesn’t break the bank, now you can’t say fairer than that!

So,  if you have that important occasion coming up, but you still haven’t thought of a suitable gift – why not give Charlie’s Cartoons a go?

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